A well-rounded prime for portraiture, the Sony E-mount atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE from Tokina is a versatile short-telephoto lens mixing a bright design and popular focal length. The f/1.8 maximum aperture suits working in difficult lighting and benefits depth of field control as well as helps to maintain a portable form factor for everyday shooting. A low dispersion element is incorporated into the optical design to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations and a Super Low Reflection Multi-Coating has been applied to suppress flare for heightened contrast and color accuracy in strong lighting. An ST-M autofocus system achieves fast and near-silent focusing performance and a nine-blade diaphragm also contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality to suit selective focus imagery.
- E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
- One SD Low Dispersion Element
- Super Low Reflection Multi-Coating
Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE Overview
Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE Specs
|Lens Format Coverage|
72 mm (Front)
|Lens Format Coverage|
|Angle of View|
|Minimum Focus Distance|
2.62' / 80 cm
|Macro Reproduction Ratio|
10 Elements in 7 Groups
72 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
3.15 x 3.67" / 80 x 93.2 mm
1.42 lb / 645 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
6.6 x 6.5 x 5.5"
Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE Reviews
Fails to preserve focus on manual for consecutive shots
After achieving perfect focus on stars, the focus point moves slightly for the next shots and the stars get blurred. I do not know if this can be fixed somehow.
Will freeze your camera
Had to copies of this lens and both made my camera body freeze and unresponsive.
Best kept secret!
I have only taken this out once but the results so far have been beautiful. In context, I've owned the Canon 85mm 1.2 and the Canon 85mm 1.4 back in my dslr days and the Sigma DG DN 85mm 1.4 lens most recently. I shoot a lot of on location portraits and found the 85mm to be too tight on many of the locations I shoot. With that, I reluctantly traded in the Sigma on the Sony 50mm 1.2 lens. I didn't have the funds to keep both. (The Sigma is an amazing lens btw). After shooting the Sony 50mm (another great lens) I found I really missed the compression of the 85mm focal length when I did have the room, so I started looking around for a sleeper and I found it! Im still recovering from the price tag of the Sony 50mm so I was looking for something cheaper than the Sigma to have on hand for those occasions I wanted an 85mm. This Tokina fits the bill perfectly. It is a simple, no bells and whistles piece of glass that takes images comparable to any of the best lenses Ive used. The difference between 1.8 and 1.4 is negligible at best and this is built like a tank with its metal construction. I got it on sale for $399 and is a steal at this price. After shooting this I couldn't justify spending the money on the Sigma again which was one of my all time favorites. It is a very basic lens but the images are awesome even when shot wide open at 1.8.
Great images, poor AF
I received this lens with high hopes. Using it on my Sony A7rii. The images that were in focus were beautiful. The bokeh was great and images sharp! But sometimes it would stop focusing. So I would have to turn the camera off and then on again, and then it would start working again. I so badly wanted to keep this lens, but sadly had to send it back.
Very good for amateurs
I bought this lens, thinking of saving money; I must confess that I am only a fan of photography. Although it is a lens for cameras with a full frame sensor, I mounted it on a Sony A 6000. I have been using it mostly in photography, and I liked the fast autofocus, the sharpness of the image and the beauty of the Bokeh effect. Perhaps a point to note is that it is a bit heavy, if one has in mind to use it with light cameras. I think that if one is not as demanding as a professional photographer, it is definitely a recommended lens.
Wonderful new addition to my collection of primes
I originally wrote a rather scathing two-star review of this lens because the copy I received was defective and pretty close to unusable autofocus wise. What I didn’t know at the point I had written the initial article was how amazing the Tokina support staff would be to work with. On informing them of the issue I was having with AutoFocus, they immediately started trying to replicate the issue in their facility over in Japan. All this - in the height of the initial outbreak of coronavirus. They worked diligently and were able to quickly determine that the issue was with the copy of the lens I had received. They sent me a new copy free of charge that was personally checked to ensure it was in flawless operating order. So when other people say why go with Tokina when there are very similar lenses for less my answer is do if for the support. Tokina genuinely seems to take pride in their products and they stand behind them 100%. That’s worth a lot. And speaking of value, this lens offers an excellent value in terms of cost to performance ratio. It will give you 90% of the top end prime performance for 1/3 of the cost - creamy bokeh, sharp rendering across the frame, and build quality that rivals much more expensive optics. The autofocus performance is exceptional and just falls of the fastest 85mm lens I’ve ever used. Eye autofocus works comparably well also. In terms of overall rendering quality, this lens lends a neutral balanced classic look to the images it produces, making it an excellent choice for black and white photography and giving you a lot of headroom for working with color photos in post. At the current price point you really can’t go wrong. And it’s great knowing you’ve got 3 years under warranty to back you up should you need it.
Wonderful piece of glass
Tokina is one of the best kept secrets in photography. They have a long history of designing lenses that are of high quality while being relatively affordable. The build quality is second to none on this particular 85mm. All metal with a focus ring that is an absolute joy to use (DMF mode on my Sony is awesome). Buttery smooth with nice resistance. Tightly put together, producing excellent sharpness and color. Auto focus is on par with native glass. The only downside is the lack of a rubber gasket around the mount and a flimsy lens hood that wobbles a bit. Otherwise, brilliant all around!
Very sharp lens. It has a high quality build. It's heavy & made of all metal. My fav lens with A7c for portraits.
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